Friday, February 01, 2008

The Beatles go into outer space

On Monday, NASA will beam The Beatles' "Across the Universe" into the heavens, using its Deep Space Network of antennas, which is ordinarily dedicated to functions such as radioastronomy observations, or communicating with distant interplanetary probes.

.....

The occasion is a string of anniversaries: NASA's 50th year in space, the founding 45 years ago of NASA's Deep Space Network of antennae, and not least, the 40th anniversary of the recording of "Across the Universe." Feb. 4 has apparently been declared "Across the Universe Day," and the general public is invited to play the song at the same time (7 pm EST) that it is being beamed into space.
More on this can be found here.

The lyrics to the Beatles song can be found here.

Fiona Apple does her cover of this with a video on YouTube:





Does anyone appreciate the irony of choosing this song to send to outer space?